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Deborah James receives visit from Prince William as he awards her Damehood in person: ‘It was such a special day for my whole family’

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Deborah James has expressed her delight after receiving a visit in person from Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, as he awarded her Damehood and joined her for afternoon tea and champagne.This week, it was announced that Deborah had been made a Dame after raising millions of pounds for cancer research in her fundraiser, with her latest total surpassing £5million.The podcaster was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, revealing on Monday that she had moved to end-of-life hospice care after her treatment had been stopped.In a post shared on social media, the 40-year-old said she was ‘utterly honoured’ to host Prince William at her family house, saying: ‘He joined us for afternoon tea and champagne, where he not only spent a generous amount of time talking to my whole family but also honoured me with my Damehood.’‘It’s quite surreal having a royal pop in at home, and yes you can imagine the cleaning antics and preparation went off the scale – but it was all irrelevant because William was so kind and he put us all at ease,’ she said.‘He is clearly passionate about improving oncology outcomes as the President of the Royal Marsden.

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